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    trying to figure out how to hook up a 2nd monitor to my cpu


    im thinking that i might want more ram for my cpu first though, ive only got 512mb currently


    dell dimension 4700...

    thanks

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    Do you have an aftermarket video card in there? If not the cheapest way to go is get one and install it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hookah View Post


    trying to figure out how to hook up a 2nd monitor to my cpu


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    You're doing it wrong.


    EDIT, to be clear, do NOT attempt to attach a monitor to your CPU, this is not where it goes.
    You will need a video card that supports dual output.
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    You can either get a video card with two vga/dvi outputs or get a a vga/dvi spliiter from somewhere like monoprice.com for cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamfoesho View Post
    You can either get a video card with two vga/dvi outputs or get a a vga/dvi spliiter from somewhere like monoprice.com for cheap.

    if i get the splitter, do you think i should upgrade my ram too?

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    Don't think it's going to matter. You only upgrade RAM if you're going to do more stuff with two monitors. I have 2 monitors up with only 2 gigs of RAM running. Usually one monitor is playing a movie/entertainment or something and the other is for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman0113 View Post
    Don't think it's going to matter. You only upgrade RAM if you're going to do more stuff with two monitors. I have 2 monitors up with only 2 gigs of RAM running. Usually one monitor is playing a movie/entertainment or something and the other is for work.


    yeah im only running 512mb ram in 1 of my 4 slots

    ive been Highly advised to throw some more ram in my cpu

    im thinking either:
    buy another 512mb to make it like a gig
    or
    buy a one gig stick in there to make it a gig and a half

    my question is with matched pairs of ram
    am i better off getting 2 smaller sticks of ram that match or just getting the max gig each slot and take and popping it in one slot.

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    You need to understand the concepts behind multiple monitors as well. Being able to have multiple desktops is a function of the graphical output of your video card. If you purchase a splitter you are simply going to clone (repeat) the output to another source. If you have a graphics card that can display dualhead, i.e it can stretch the desktop across multiple screens rather than just repeating the output from one screen on another then you have a far more effective dual output system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hookah View Post
    yeah im only running 512mb ram in 1 of my 4 slots

    ive been Highly advised to throw some more ram in my cpu
    You're still not getting it.
    Put the RAM in the memory slot(s).
    You can't connect RAM to a CPU; the heatsink would get in the way for a start.
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